How bad are Normal’s finances?

By: Diane Benjamin

What we do know:

Mayor Koos and the Town Council believe Uptown 1.0 is fabulous and couldn’t wait to build more.  It is a huge RED FLAG the library decided to expand at its current location instead of relocating across the tracks.  

I did file a writ of mandamus against the Town.  I am asking the judge to review the audio/minutes of the 3 1/2 hour Executive Session held last August.    https://blnnews.com/2018/01/31/normal-investigated-and-sued/

The Town lawyer has already filed a Motion to Dismiss, the first court date is March 15th.  He claims its my imagination that 18 seconds to motion, 2nd, and pass the early retirements means it was discussed in private.  Yes, he used the word “imagination”.

You deserve to know what happened in this “planning session”.   This court is your last chance to find out until the majority of the Council gets replaced with people who know Normal’s “full service”  government is a failure.  Socialism always fails because decisions are based on their desires instead of allowing you the freedom to make your own decisions.  Normal has the debt and declining revenues to prove it.

Normal needs to cancel the Tiger Grant request for an underpass.  They can’t afford what they already built.

Read this story about the decline of Decatur:    https://www.illinoispolicy.org/story/forgotten-illinois-decatur-the-soy-citys-search-for-its-comeback/

Replace the words “blue collar” with “white collar”.  If Bloomington and Normal think they can tax their way to prosperity, both will be Decatur.

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Comments

  1. Good reporting of concise facts and with a nice editorial warning for Bloomington. Go DIANE1

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  2. BN Deserves Better says:

    Thatcher was right…Koos ran out of other people’s money. I wonder who would benefit from an underpass and new green space across the railroad tracks. A local shop owner that might be nearing retirement age and may want to sell his business perhaps.

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  3. sad , just sad .. they have no fear of ether their poor choices nor their lavish acts upon the cities and its populace paying dearly for it , and also future generations , unless they flock away to escape the pain and agony left by these jokers .

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  4. Apparently next week is a big layoff week at State Farm – see link https://www.thelayoff.com/t/RYZvqIy#replies FYI – we are going to be the new Detroit on the Prairie – Decatur is going to look good when State Farm finishes sucking the life out of economy here.

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    • tweetiebird says:

      Some comments on the P-graph story about SF operational losses are claiming those concerned have their “hair on fire,” a childish response. When a certain Bloomimgton Council member who works at SF shared concern, people should listen.
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      • He knew more than he said!

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      • tweetiebird says:

        One of those comments was from “renner65.” Hmmm
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      • Posted this: same post that I posted earlier here, in the comments of the Operational Losses Article in the Pantagraph – they allowed it to post and then took it down later. Here is the post that was so dangerous they had to remove it: (Spending a few minutes on this: https://www.thelayoff.com/state-farm The State Farm layoff site on layoff.com will set anyone straight about doubting the extreme things that are happening at State Farm. There are many threads… take some time to look a just a few…. your jaw will drop and you will immediately understand how serious the situation is.) Encouraging people to find out for themselves outside of the mainstream media’s spin zone is a problem for the Pantagraph. It’s almost like they are trying to hide the reality of what is happening at State Farm from the public…. Sad state of affairs here…. Our media and our leadership is hiding the reality of State Farm from the people who need to know and need to prepare for it.

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  5. Spending a few minutes on this: https://www.thelayoff.com/state-farm The State Farm layoff site on layoff.com will set anyone straight about doubting the extreme things that are happening at State Farm. There many threads… take some time to look a just a few…. your jaw will drop and you will immediately understand how serious the situation is.

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